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Grateful Dead Hour no. 1427

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Week of January 25, 2016

Part 1 36:03
Interview: Dennis McNally
Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews
Jerry Garcia on improvisation
Interview: Dennis McNally
Grateful Dead, Fillmore East 2-11-69
MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON

Part 2 19:59
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks 2015 Bonus Disc (3/21/72)
THE OTHER ONE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, February 11, The Wailers take the stage to uplift fans with legendary reggae classics that have been heard around the world. It’s going to be a soul shakedown party to satisfy your soul. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1426

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Week of January 18, 2016

Part 1 30:09
Grateful Dead 6/4/78 Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
SPACE->
NOT FADE AWAY->
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
AROUND AND AROUND

Part 2 25:33
Grateful Dead 6/4/78 Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
US BLUES
SUGAR MAGNOLIA

David Gans, It’s a Hand-Me-Down
WHARF RAT

It’s a Hand-Me-Down is my new album of Grateful Dead songs, made possible by a Kickstarter campaign that many of you contributed to (thank you!!). This version of “Wharf Rat” is slightly edited to comply with FCC regulations about “bad language,” but the one on the album is intact. It’s available on CD, in high-res, via iTunes and other download sources. Request it from your favorite radio station!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, January 23, The Capitol Theatre is driving to get-down town at 100mph with Lettuce, a band whose music is infectious enough to trigger a funk epidemic. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1425

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Week of January 11, 2016

Part 1 34:01
Grateful Dead 6/4/78 Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
EYES OF THE WORLD->
DRUMS

Part 2 21:23
Teja Gerken (unreleased)
SAGE AND SPIRIT
The Cyrus Clarke Band, California Stories
NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE
Matt Rae, Twangin’ the Dead
ALTHEA
Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY (Take 8, Alternate Take)

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, January 15, God Street Wine, Strangefolk, and Assembly of Dust will take us on a musical journey of creative jamming with three unique sets and killer collaborations. Come witness the magic of musicians coming together and making new music happen. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1424

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Week of January 4, 2016

Part 1 24:34
Grateful Dead 6/4/78 Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
TENNESSEE JED
JACK STRAW

Part 2 30:57
Grateful Dead 6/4/78 Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
SAMSON AND DELILAH
SHIP OF FOOLS

Dead and Company 11/7/15 Madison Square Garden, New York City
ST. STEPHEN

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, January 15, God Street Wine, Strangefolk, and Assembly of Dust will come together as Assembly of Strange Wine. These three bands have deep histories in the wild landscape of jam, and are coming together to share in the joy of creating incredibly adventurous music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Lamorinda Weekly re TIAADWD

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Very nice preview article by Lou Fancher. Blair and I will be at the Lafayette (CA) Library next Thursday, January 7. Here is info about the event.

An excerpt: “Capturing the band’s essential aura through the words of band members and their collaborators is riveting, even for readers who don’t claim to be Deadheads. The myths and magnetism that drew a dedicated fan base is illustrated through interviews with over 100 people, including unofficial leader Jerry Garcia, drummer Mickey Hart, concert promoter Bill Graham, Carolyn ‘Mountain Girl’ Garcia, band member Bob Weir and others. Braided into the disparate, personal accounts with clarity and an admirable lack of hyperbole, given their backgrounds as Dead aficionados, Jackson and Gans insert fact-laden bridges to bolster an engrossing narrative.”

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1423

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Week of December 28, 2015

Part 1 34:02
Grateful Dead 6/4/78 Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
BERTHA->
GOOD LOVIN’
DIRE WOLF
ME AND MY UNCLE->
BIG RIVER
BROWN-EYED WOMEN

Part 2 21:58
Circles Around the Sun, Interludes for the Dead
SCARLOTTA’S MAGNOLIAS
Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
VISIONS OF JOHANNA (Take 5 11/30/65)

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast November 11 through December 31. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Powerhouse Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will defy the laws of Grateful Dead gravity at The Cap on Friday, January 1 and Saturday, January 2. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is in greater demand than ever, selling out shows all over the country. Be sure to get your tickets sooner than later. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1422

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Week of December 21, 2015

Part 1 42:24
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
SPACE->
I WILL TAKE YOU HOME->
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
I NEED A MIRACLE->
STELLA BLUE->
NOT FADE AWAY

Part 2 13:50
Dennis McNally, Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews
Jerry Garcia on playing music
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast November 11 through December 31. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 11 through New Year’s Eve.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Capitol Theatre will let the good times roll on Saturday, December 26 at the Jerry Dance Party, a celebration of Jerry Garcia’s music. A top-notch light show by Grateful Dead lighting legend Candace Brightman will accompany the music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Nick Meriwether on “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Deadheads have heard their favorite band’s songs covered by a wide range of other musicians, from cover bands to artists as diverse as Jane’s Addiction and Patti Smith. David Gans has long been an accomplished performer of the Grateful Dead’s songbook, and It’s A Hand-Me-Down gathers thirteen of his most inspired performances in a beautifully sequenced release that will delight old friends and new fans alike. From impassioned electric takes to soulful acoustic impressions, Gans draws out subtle nuances and plumbs hidden depths in even the most familiar chestnuts, proving that the Dead’s music remains a vital wellspring for inspiration, innovation and improvisation. More than a cover album or even a tribute, It’s A Hand-Me-Down is a heartfelt interpretation that shines new light on a living musical tradition, one that will continue to inspire musicians and reward listeners for years to come.

Nicholas Meriwether
Grateful Dead Archivist, UC Santa Cruz

TIAADWD “outtake”: Dick Latvala

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Another “outtake” from This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead by Blair Jackson and David Gans, published November 10, 2015 by Flatiron Books. (You can order a signed copy here.)

Blair and I turned in a manuscript that was much, much longer than the publisher expected. Bob Miller, our editor, was very kind about it, and we didn’t have to cut too much out of the final text. Here is another of the “codas” that we had to drop.

How Dick Got His “Picks”

Dick Latvala became the Grateful Dead’s tape vault keeper in 1985, and in 1993 began shepherding the Dick’s Picks archival CD release program for the band. These remarks are from a 1993 interview, shortly after the release of Dick’s Picks Vol. One. Dick died in 1999, after putting out fourteen Dick’s Picks releases and laying the groundwork for the series to continue under the capable direction of current vaultmeister, David Lemieux.

I got my start in this [scene] at the Trips Festival, Longshoremen’s Hall [Jan. 21-23, 1966]. There were three nights, and I went to the first and third. There was so much else going on there, it wasn’t like I noticed the Grateful Dead as being an entity separate from any of the other things going on.

Just before I discovered the Grateful Dead, I took LSD in a research project in 1965 in Menlo Park, for which I actually paid $500 to go through this experience, which was, perhaps, the most powerful single experience I ever went through. I was in my fifth year at San Francisco State College and not wanting to be there, but I wanted to know who I was and this LSD deal seemed to be very appealing. So I studied it and then decided to take it, and something happened that changed me forever.

Actually it was mescaline by this time, but it was still a major dose and it transformed me fundamentally. Then I took it again six months later, in January of ’66, and this was just before the Trips Festival, which was my first experience with the music scene that started in the Bay Area at that time. Then I knew where I was supposed to be. I wasn’t supposed to be in college — I was supposed to take acid and go see the Grateful Dead. My mom didn’t want to hear that, but that was really the fact.

I did manage to graduate, but barely, and my main focus became going to concerts. It wasn’t just the Grateful Dead. There was Quicksilver, Big Brother, the Airplane, and a slew of others, [but] by around ’68 the Dead became the sole focus. By late ’67, I was a Grateful Dead freak. There was no question. There was no other band doing this. It became more and more exciting and compelling. It was the experimental nature of the sound, the willingness to take chances instead of coming at the audience with an idea already pre-set in their minds. It was like jazz.

I didn’t realize that live tapes existed until around 1974, when I was living in Hawaii. I started writing people, collecting a few tapes and then writing someone else and getting to know a few more people, and just trying to get to the hardcore tapers that existed at the time. I wanted every show and saw a value in each, but the more I got into it, the more I became a little more discriminating and realized that some shows weren’t so good.

[My direct involvement with the Grateful Dead] started on August 12, 1979, at Red Rocks. I went out there with a friend from Hawaii who knew someone in the scene, and they got us tickets, so we flew from Hawaii to Denver, and I was in the lobby of the hotel, sitting there with my suitcase while he went upstairs and somehow freaked out and left me all alone there. I didn’t know anyone. I got a ride from Nicki Scully, who got me backstage, and I met [crew member] Kidd Candelario there. He offered me a backstage pass and I ended up on that rock behind [the stage] for my first time backstage. It was a powerful moment.

I started meeting people [in the Dead organization]. Every time I’d come back from Hawaii I would pass through and bring “treats” and see everyone in the office. Over the next five years I got to know a lot of people and I was always able to go backstage. One day I was up in Eileen Law’s office, and I was telling her I had these tapes I called “primal Dead.” I was explaining that this Dead music was as good as it gets. Phil was standing behind me in the doorway listening to me tell Eileen this, and he popped in. I don’t know how I summoned up the nerve, but I said, “Hey, Phil, I want you to listen to this stuff.” I think I put on 10/12/68 from the Avalon Ballroom, just an incredible Anthem of the Sun jam. He was so enthralled with it, he ended up listening to over three hours of the primal Dead tapes I had put together. I kept saying to Phil, “Is someone taking care of these tapes? This is really important stuff.” I wasn’t saying it because I wanted a job. The next day, I found out I had a job. So I have always interpreted it that he felt that they needed someone who really cared about the tapes to make sure that they were organized and all that. So that’s how I got hired; that was in 1985.

My first chore was to go through the tapes and write in log books what was actually on them. A lot of the boxes weren’t labeled properly, and in many cases even the years were wrong. That was like a never-ending job, so it was something I was doing for many years at my leisure, besides doing other things at the studio.

Now let’s move forward in time. In the last couple years [1991 and ’92], the Grateful Dead have released a couple of CDs from multitracks in the vault [under the direction of Dan Healy], but at long last they’ve decided to start looking at the material on the [stereo recordings].

The way that Dick’s Picks started was, in [1993] Kidd asked me to come up with the best three shows on two-track so he could float this idea by the band at a board meeting. As a Deadhead and a tape freak, it would seem like that would be no problem. I know hundreds of great shows. But when it came to really having to pick them for the band to listen to and judge, boy oh boy, did I become critical. That knocked out a whole bunch of choices. I chose three shows, making sure they were okay before I gave the tapes to Kidd to give to the band to listen to. The ones I chose were 12/19/73 [Dick’s Picks Vol. 1, from Tampa, Florida], 2/13/70 [Dick’s Picks Vol. 4, from Fillmore East] and 10/11/77, Norman, Oklahoma [Road Trips Vol. 1, No. 2]. It was just to get some rough idea of some good shows. And then as it became closer to a reality, we settled on 12/19/73 because it was right in the middle of the other two possibilities, and it was a real creative era — I’m discovering more and more that the late ’73 period had some just magnificent shows. I remember that being a really jazzy and spacey period where the jams were really long and rangy.

My goal [with the Dick’s Picks series] is to try to find [shows] that aren’t obvious choices. Let’s see what happens!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1421

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Week of December 14, 2015

Part 1 24:04
Dead & Company 11/7/15 Madison Square Garden, New York City
HELP ON THE WAY->
SLIPKNOT!->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER

Part 2 30:45
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
CRAZY FINGERS->
DRUMS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast November 11 through December 31. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 11 through New Year’s Eve.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Spend Saturday, December 26 at The Jerry Dance Party, a spectacular kaleidoscope of sounds and colors celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia. Iconic Grateful Dead lighting designer Candace Brightman will use lights to match the energy of the music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Order a signed copy of “This Is All a Dream We Dreamed…”

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Use this link to order a copy of This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead signed by both authors. US addresses only, please! If you’re out of the country, contact me and we’ll work something out.




This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

New GD Hour station: Salisbury MD

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

WSDL 90.7 Delmarva Public Radio, Salisbury MD will air the GD Hour Thursdays at 9pm starting January 7!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1420

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Week of December 7, 2015

Part 1 32:33
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
VICTIM OR THE CRIME
FOOLISH HEART

Talk
Circles Round the Sun, Interludes for the Dead
GINGER SAYS
Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY (Take 8, Alternate Take)

Part 2 23:36
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast November 11 through December 31. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 11 through New Year’s Eve.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Cap will celebrate the everlasting music of Jerry Garcia on Saturday, December 26 with The Jerry Dance Party. Grateful Dead lighting guru Candace Brightman will illuminate the music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1419

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Week of November 30, 2015

Part 1 27:17
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
HELL IN A BUCKET->
BERTHA
WALKIN’ BLUES
CANDYMAN

Part 2 28:40
Grateful Dead 6/28/88 Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center
WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE
ROW JIMMY

Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead
TRUCKIN’

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Flatiron Books, announcing This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, by Blair Jackson and David Gans. Hardcover, ebook and audio editions are available wherever books are sold.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast through December 31. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour through New Year’s Eve.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. With a sound that mixes bluegrass, jazz, folk, classical, Americana, and rock, Punch Brothers will take The Cap to new levels of musical intensity on Saturday, December 12. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“It’s a Hand-Me-Down” on Bandcamp

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

It’s a Hand-Me-Down is now available for download via Bandcamp.